Posted: 4/24/2012 8:39 AM by
Living by yourself as an adult is becoming more and more common in the United States. In fact, 28% of households are comprised of adults who live alone, an increase of 19% from 1950. However, just because a great number of adults are living alone, doesn't mean they lack the need for companionship. Many of the things we have long believed about single living simply are not true.
Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist, has studied the shift in people living alone, as well as many of the misconceptions associated with single living in his book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.
The book exposes several myths often associated with those who live alone. Among these are that the majority of people living alone are seniors, which is simply not true. In fact, the fastest growing group of single households fall in the age range of 18 to 34. Other myths that the book busts include the idea that older adults all desire to move in with their grown children or that they are lonely. Unmarried Americans who live alone and are between the ages of 57 and 85 are actually more likely to spend time out with friends than their married counterparts.
Today's seniors are healthier and more active than ever. But when assistance is needed, Interim HealthCare is there to help. Interim HealthCare understands the needs of older adults who choose to continue living by themselves. Age alone should not determine how and where you live; every person and their situation is unique. That is why we offer our extensive senior care services and HomeLife Enrichment program so that seniors can live independently and safely in their homes. We now live in a new world of longevity and our goal is to offer seniors a life filled with meaning and purpose.